Bahamas Release Tentative List of 2500 Missing After Dorian; Officials Expect List to Be Revised Down, but Death Toll Expected to Rise

  • The Bahamian government released a tentative list of at least 2500 people missing after Hurricane Dorian devastated the island nation more than a week ago.
  • However, authorities warned that the list is just preliminary since the “names had yet to be checked against the rosters of people evacuated from the devastated islands or staying in shelters.”
  • A spokesman for the country’s National Emergency Management Agency, Carl Smith, added that “he expected the list to shrink as the names are checked.”
  • After the catastrophic hurricane “smashed thousands of homes on the country’s Grand Bahama and Abaco islands, the death toll stood at 50 and was expected to rise, with search-and-rescue crews still making their way through the ruins.”
  • During a national address on Wednesday night, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said: “The number of deaths is expected to significantly increase.”
  • Minnis added that “the Bahamas would hold a national day of prayer, and named hurricane response coordinators for the two most-affected islands.”
  • In addition, “while power has returned to much of Grand Bahama, Smith said the electrical infrastructure around Marsh Harbour, Abaco’s largest city, was destroyed.”
  • Officials have said that “about 5,000 people have been evacuated from the two hardest hit island groups,” but another 6,000 to 7,000 people still remain.
  • One resident said he hasn’t had power since the hurricane hit and said: “It’s the same as it was a week ago. It’s very hot.”
  • According to multiple reports, the Trump administration decided on “Wednesday that it will not grant temporary protected status to people from the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian.”

Reference Links

  • The Hill: Estimated 2,500 names on list of the missing in Bahamas after Dorian READ
  • BBC: Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas lists 2,500 people as missing READ                  
  • AP: Tentative list of the missing in Bahamas has 2,500 names READ
  • Baltimore Sun: Tentative list of the missing in the Bahamas in Hurricane Dorian’s aftermath has 2,500 names READ

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